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Grapefruit and Rosemary Multi-Purpose House Cleaner

Photo by Mara Davanzati

Photo by Mara Davanzati

Recipe and photo by Mara Davanzati!

Who hates debating buying the “natural” cleaners in the store because they always cost more than the toxic ones? Well, you’re not alone! I’ve tried several ways to make my own multi-purpose house cleaner over the years and this is by far my favorite. I always reuse old bottles, so this one is practically zero-waste. It’s a win-win!

Rosemary essential oil is an invigorating, cleansing scent that pairs great with grapefruit. This spray may be used on kitchen counters, stoves, tables, mirrors, windows, you name it. The white vinegar creates a film free shine, making it perfect for glass.


  • 1 c white vinegar
  • 1-2 Imperfect grapefruit peels
  • 10-12 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 c water
  • 1 large cleaning mist bottle (you can reuse an old one!)


  1. Peel and eat the grapefruit
  2. Wash out the inside of the peels — excess fruit may create mold while soaking
  3. Add clean peels to a mason jar
  4. Fill up the rest of the jar with white vinegar (about 1 cup)
  5. Cover with a lid and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks (the longer the peels soak the stronger the scent)
  6. Strain the grapefruit-infused vinegar
  7. Add it to your bottle with 1 cup water and rosemary essential oil
  8. Screw on the top, give it a shake, and spray!

Recipe Notes

You can adapt this recipe to use whatever citrus peels you have around. It works particularly well with peels from mandarin oranges. Try incorporating some lavender or oregano sprigs if you've got them around! 

Photo by Mara Davanzati

Photo by Mara Davanzati